Bringing a taste of Wiesbaden to Heidelberg Soldiers, families via live hookup, social media
February 28, 2012
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Europe Soldiers, civilians and families picked up a wealth of information about living and working in the Wiesbaden military community during a special Town Hall briefing Feb. 16 at Heidelberg's Village Pavilion. The special question-and-answer session offered first-hand information from the subject experts to a standing-room-only crowd and members of the USAREUR workforce and their families via an online AFN-Europe feed and through social media.
Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer, deputy USAREUR commander, and Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, commander, welcomed everyone for taking part and said the USAREUR move to Wiesbaden in 2012 and 2013 is the "last bit of churn" to streamline and transform the U.S. Forces in Germany. The USAREUR commander also asked listeners to make suggestions whenever they feel things can be done better.
Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, introduced the speakers -- subject matter experts from the garrison, city of Wiesbaden, Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Defense Commissary Agency, Wiesbaden Health and Dental Clinics.
The briefers addressed everything from cultural events in the Rheingau Region to shopping, leisure and educational facilities available in the Wiesbaden military community. Speakers also detailed housing availability, medical and dental services, and veterinary care.
"If you are coming to Wiesbaden -- come to the (Wiesbaden) Housing Office," said Donald Meyer, USAG Wiesbaden housing chief, promising to address any issues concerning housing. He also directed those seeking off-post housing to visit the Army Housing Referral Network website at www.ahrn.com for more information.
Frank Roehl, DoDDS Heidelberg District superintendent, said classes for the 2012/2013 school year will start on Aug. 27. "Pre-registration will be held in Wiesbaden in April," he said, adding that special pre-registration sessions for those moving from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden will also be held at the Village Pavilion May 10 and 11.
In addition to tips for opening a mailbox at the Wiesbaden Postal Service Center (bring ID and orders), registering pets within 14 days upon arrival at the Wiesbaden Veterinary Clinic and hours of medical and dental services, briefers addressed a variety of questions ranging from facilities available on Wackernheim's McCully Barracks and availability of host nation schools in Wiesbaden to whether construction of a new Rod and Gun Club was being considered.
Members of the USAG Baden-Wuerttemburg and Wiesbaden Public Affairs Offices, AFN-Europe and U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs Office fielded and responded to social media queries throughout the event.
For more information on transformation in USAG Wiesbaden visit www.wiesbaden.army.mil/sites/directorates/transformation.asp. For details and frequently asked questions concerning the USAREUR move from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden visit www.eur.army.mil/relocation.